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STAFF

DAVIDHEADSHOTDAVIN AGATEP
Program Manager
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x 125
Email: dagatep [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Davin Agatep is the Program Manager at the Center for Asian American Media. He first worked at CAAM as a volunteer for the 2009 SFIAAFF. Later, he began interning with CAAM’s Media Fund department and is now serving as Program Associate. He currently holds an M.F.A. in Music Production and Sound Design for Visual Media from the Academy of Art University, as well as a B.A. in U.S. History from San Francisco State University. When he’s not working at his home studio or at the CAAM office he spends as much time outdoors as possible whether at the beach or hiking around Mt. Tamalpais.

 

MOMOHEADSHOTMOMO CHANG
Content Manager
Email: momo [at] caamedia [dot] org

Momo Chang is the Content Manager at the Center for Asian American Media where she writes, edits and curates content for CAAMedia.org and “Off the Menu: Asian America,” a multimedia project between CAAM and KQED, featuring a one-hour PBS primetime special by filmmaker Grace Lee and original web content. Momo has a B.A. in English and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and an M.A. in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Momo is an award-winning journalist who has covered Asian American issues, immigrant communities, healthcare and education. She enjoys nature, swimming, hanging out with her kids, and reading.

 


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THERESA CHIU
Manager of Acquisitions & Distribution for Educational Media
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x111
Email: tchiu [at] caamedia [dot]

 

Theresa Chiu is the Manager of Acquisitions & Distribution for Educational Media at the Center for Asian American Media.

 

JENNIFERHEADSHOTJENNIFER CHU
Membership and Development Manager
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x 102
Email: jchu [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Jennifer Chu is the Membership and Development Manager at the Center for Asian American Media. She received a B.A. in political science and communication from UC Davis. Prior to joining CAAM, she interned and worked in the Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s development department from 2006 – 2012. In her free time, she enjoys participating in events hosted by the SF Bay Area’s diverse and vibrant arts/cultural organizations, artists, and community groups.

 

STEPHENHEADSHOTSTEPHEN GONG
Executive Director
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x103
Email: sgong [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Stephen Gong is the Executive Director of the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Stephen has been associated with CAAM since its founding in 1980, and has served as Executive Director since 2006.   His previous positions in arts administration include: Deputy Director of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive at the University of California, Berkeley, Program Officer in the Media Arts program at the National Endowment for the Arts, and Associate Director of the National Center for Film and Video Preservation at the American Film Institute.

He has been a lecturer in the Asian American Studies program at UC Berkeley, where he developed and taught a course on the history of Asian American media.  In addition to writing about film history, Gong has provided critical commentary on several DVD projects including the Treasures From American Archives, Vol 1 & 5 (National Film Preservation Foundation), Chan is Missing (dir. Wayne Wang), and is the featured historian in the documentary Hollywood Chinese (Dir. Arthur Dong).

He is the Board Chair of the Center for Rural Strategies and serves on the Advisory Board of the San Francisco Silent Film Society.

 

IMG_4520IMG_4520IMG_4520IMG_4520IMG_4520IMG_4520LIN KUNG
Festival Assistant Director
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x113
Email: lkung [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Lin Kung is the Festival Assistant Director at the Center for Asian American Media. She holds a MA in International Relations and International Communications from Boston University, and a BA in Film and Visual Culture from UC Riverside. Lin got her start at CAAM as a volunteer in 2012, jumping to PR Coordinator for the newly rebranded CAAMFest in 2013, and most recently the Festival Communications Manager for CAAMFest2014. Having lived on the East and West Coast, in Asia and Europe, Lin has given up her nomadic ways and grown roots in San Francisco, where she enjoys cuddling with her pup, feeding her foodie soul and wanderlusting about her next adventure.

 

HERNANHEADSHOTHERNAN LAVIN
Business Manager
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x101
Email: hlavin [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Hernan Lavin is the Business Manager at the Center for Asian American Media, which means he manages the day-to-day operations of the organization. He has experience in cable TV, brand marketing, corporate communications and event planning. A New York transplant, he comes to us via Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming where he worked as park-wide special events manager. He is equally comfortable hiking through the wilderness of the Continental Divide or the treacherous sidewalks of San Francisco’s SOMA district. Hernan holds a BA in Media Studies from the City University of New York, Hunter College. ”No Meat, No Garlic, No Onion” is his recurring mantra upon ordering food.

 

IMG_4520MasaMASASHI NIWANO
Festival & Exhibitions Director
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x109
Email: mniwano [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Masashi Niwano is the Festival & Exhibition Director for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). He is a Bay Area native who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film Production from San Francisco State University. Masashi has been associated with CAAM for almost a decade, starting as an intern, then becoming involved in theater operations and, finally, being chosen as a selected filmmaker (Falling Stars, 2006). Prior to re-joining CAAM as Festival & Exhibition Director, Masashi was the Executive Director for the Austin Asian American Film Festival. He is also an active filmmaker, who has worked on numerous films and music videos that are official selections at Outfest, Newfest & South By Southwest. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar and wrestling video games as well as cooking Japanese-Italian fusion cuisine.

 

DEBBIEHEADSHOTDEBBIE NG
Director of Development & Communications
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x104
Email: dng [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Debbie Ng is the Development Director for the Center For Asian American Media. Debbie comes to CAAM with over ten years of experience working with diverse Bay Area communities in the nonprofit and education sectors, particularly in the areas of marketing, fundraising and programming. She also brings a filmmaker perspective having produced an award-winning film called Kieu. She has published research on civic engagement in the Asian American community and in ethnic communities.

 

JAMESHEADSHOTJAMES OTT
Finance & Administration Director
Telephone: (415) 863-0814
Email: jott [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

James Ott is the Finance and Administration Director for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).  James joins CAAM with over fifteen years of nonprofit experience with organizations focused on media, arts and diversity. Prior to his career in nonprofit, James worked in the entertainment industry in Southern California working in film, TV, commercials and music video.  As a new transplant to the Bay Area, James is enjoying discovering the natural beauty and diversity of the area.

 

ASHLYNHEADSHOTASHLYN PERRI
Digital & Interactive Media Associate
Telephone: (415) 863-0812 x114
Email: aperri [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Ashlyn Perri is the Digital Media Associate at the Center for Asian American Media. Born and raised in San Francisco, Ashlyn left to attend college at Sarah Lawrence in New York. After graduating, she returned to San Francisco and interned at CAAM for CAAM Fest 2013. She now works on the web content development and media editing for “Off the Menu: Asian America,” a multimedia project between CAAM and KQED, featuring a one-hour PBS primetime special by filmmaker Grace Lee and original web content. In her spare time, Ashlyn enjoys hiking, camping, and eating/cooking delicious food.

 

SAPANAHEADSHOTSAPANA SAKYA
Public Media Director
Email: sapana [at] caamedia [dot]

 

 

Sapana Sakya is Media Fund Director at the Center for Asian American Media where she manages CPB funding initiatives and supports independent filmmakers. Sapana’s background is in independent documentary and journalism. She produced and directed, “Daughters of Everest”, an award winning film about the first Nepali women’s Everest expedition. Her other works include “Oklahoma Home”, about two Filipino doctors living and working in rural Oklahoma, part of the series, “Searching for Asian America”. She also produced and directed, “Red White Blue November” a portrait of a Hmong American family from Fresno, California.

 

KARYINHEADSHOTKAR YIN THAM
Director of Education & New Initiatives
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x117
Email: karyin [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Kar Yin Tham is Director of Education & New Initiatives at Center for Asian American Media, overseeing educational content production and distribution, managing the website, and advancing new projects. She brings to the organization a unique mix of management, strategic planning, and media making experience. For over a decade, Kar Yin worked in the field of youth development from developing programs to managing organizations. Her previous positions include Executive Director at LYRIC, and Planner & Policy Analyst at San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Kar Yin began her career as a print journalist and has since written and produced independent documentaries and narratives here and in her home country, Malaysia.

 

Lisa headshot-1LISA YADAO
Contracts Manager
Email: lyadao@caamedia.org

 

Lisa Yadao is the Contracts Manager for the Center for Asian American Media.  She hails from San Diego and earned a B.A. in English from San Diego State University.  She also attended the University of California, San Diego for paralegal studies and Bay Area Video Coalition for video production.  Prior to moving to San Francisco, Lisa served as the Guest Services Coordinator for the San Diego Asian Film Festival.  In her downtime, she enjoys screenwriting, eating her way through SF, and posting photos of said eats on Instagram.

 

DONHEADSHOTDONALD YOUNG
Director of Programs
Telephone: (415) 863-0814 x105
Email: don [at] caamedia [dot] org

 

Donald Young is the Center for Asian American Media’s Director of Programs.  He oversees CAAM’s program areas, and specifically develops and implements CAAM’s national productions and national PBS strategies.  In public television, Donald has supervised the national broadcasts of over 150 award-winning projects.  As a producer, he has worked both in documentaries and independent feature films. His most recent productions include documentaries on ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro and former Louisiana U.S. Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao.  Donald has also taught film at the University of California, Davis and the University of Hawaii, Manoa.

 


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

DIPTI GHOSH
Board Chair
Dipti Ghosh is Senior Vice President – Investments at the Ghosh Financial Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in San Francisco. She has been in the financial services industry since 1986 and has also spent time as a fund development coordinator at Asian Women’s Shelter. She currently serves on the investment committee of Horizons Foundation. She has also been a past board chair of The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and Trikone a South Asian LGBT organization, and was the recipient of the Phoenix Award from APIQWTC in 2007 and Trikone’s Pink Peacock Award for service to the South Asian LGBT community. When not advising clients on their investments, or fulfilling community obligations, she spends time discovering the greater bay area on her bicycle and traveling with her partner Meggy of 16 years, and of course, taking time off to watch the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

 

DAVID LEI 

Vice Chair
David Lei worked as social worker in San Francisco’s Chinatown with at-risk youths before starting his business in 1981 specializing in exporting consumer products to Mexico. He sold his business in 2005 and retired at the end of 2006. David has a passion for building communities, social changes/improvements, youth education and the arts so he actively participates with following non profit organizations: The Chinese Performing Arts Foundation, Asian Art Museum, The Chinese American Community Fund, Chung Ngai Dance Troupe, Academy of Chinese Performing Arts, World Arts West – San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Berkeley China Initiative – University of California, Berkeley, The Bancroft Library, and the Asian Chefs Association. David has been married for 37 years with one grown daughter. He attended public schools in San Francisco and graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Business Administration.

 

JOHNNIE D. GILES
Secretary
Johnnie D. Giles is Executive Director of External Affairs for Comcast Corporation and Vice President of External Affairs for Comcast Cable. He serves on the California Cable Television Association Law and Public Policy Committee, and is associated with National Association of Minorities in Cable, APAPA, and Vision New America. He started his career at the Chronicle Publishing Company helping the firm double its size in just over 4 years. He then worked in Chronicle’s Cable Television division and held numerous positions before returning to Chronicle’s Corporate office with a particular interest in emerging technologies. During the late 90’s Johnnie took a break from the telecommunications industry and worked at Age Wave Inc., a start-up incubator with an initial investment fund of more than $250M, where he served as the VP of Administration before becoming a partner at, Blacksquare, LLC in 2000. Johnnie graduated from UC Berkeley and received his M.B.A. at Pepperdine University.

 

MYONG LEIGH
Treasurer
Myong Leigh is the Deputy Superintendent of Policy and Operations for the San Francisco Unified School District. Areas of responsibility under his supervision include policy development and implementation, business services, facilities, human resources, information technology, intergovernmental relations, and public engagement and communications. Myong’s work has focused in subject areas including financial planning and resource allocation, school site-based academic decision-making and budgeting, student assignment and desegregation, collective bargaining and labor relations, capital facilities planning, and transportation. He has also served as the Budget Director for the District of Columbia Public Schools and was a financial advisor to state and local governments on capital facilities financing and budgeting. Myong holds a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club and lives in San Francisco’s Mission district.

 

JAMES BAO
Board Member
James is the co-founder of OneVietnam Network, a Ford Foundation funded online network that connects the Vietnamese diaspora to grassroots projects in Vietnam using social media.  OneVietnam was recognized as an example of innovation by Secretary Hillary Clinton in 2012.  James is a recipient of Migration Policy Institute’s Young Innovator Award.  He has been invited to speak on technology and social innovation by the State Department, USAID, UC Berkeley, University of the Pacific, and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs, Israel.  Before OneVietnam, James worked as a management consultant with a primary focus on technology and telecommunications.  He graduated as a Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar from the UC Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration.

 

CHRISTINE CHEN
Board Member
Christine Chen is the current Executive Director at APIA vote, where she served as the founding executive director from 2006-2008. She also serves as President of Strategic Alliances USA, a consulting firm specializing in coalition building, institutional development, and partnerships among government agencies, and the corporate, nonprofit and public sectors. Profiled by Newsweek magazine in 2001 as one of 15 women who will shape America’s new century, Chen served from from 2001 to 2005 as national executive director of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), one of the leading APIA civil rights organizations in the country. Chen also was a member of the executive committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. She also served on numerous boards such as the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, Demos Board of Trustees, Conference on Asian Pacific American Leadership (CAPAL), Youth Vote, Gates Millennium Scholarship Advisory Council, advisory board for the Progressive Majority Racial Justice Campaign, and the Board of Advisors for the Midwest Asian American Students Union, East Coast Asian American Students Union, and the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association. In 2003, she was a founding member of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund. Chen currently serves on the Kennedy Center Community Advisory Board, Center for Asian American Media, OCA Northern Virginia Chapter, and the advisory boards for the Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association (APAMSA), and CAPAL.

 

RANA CHO
Board Member
Rana Cho is a brand strategist with experience in high-tech, consumer, and business-to-business industries. She started and ran Gingerworks, a qualitative research agency, creating brand and consumer research strategies for such clients as Zynga, Clif Bar, and simplehuman. Prior to Gingerworks she managed UI/UX and content strategies for Electronic Arts and consumer product communications strategy and developer community relations for Palm. Currently she is a faculty member with California College of the Arts MBA in Design Strategy. She is a frequent guest lecturer on the topics of consumer research, holistic brand strategy, and interactive technology experiences. She resides and consults in Berkeley, where she also DJs at KALX 90.7 FM. Rana holds a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts and English Literature from Brown University, and a master’s degree in Korean Studies from Yonsei University.

 

TESSIE GUILLERMO
Board Member
Tessie Guillermo is President and CEO of ZeroDivide. ZeroDivide is a social impact consulting firm that stays true to its original community foundation mission of improving the health, economic opportunity, education and civic engagement of underserved communities through the innovative use of technology. She has held this position since 2002.  Ms. Guillermo has been a dedicated advocate for technology adoption since 1987, when she had her first experience managing the installation of a patient information management system as the finance director of a community health center in Oakland, California. Prior to joining ZeroDivide, Ms. Guillermo served for 15 years as CEO of the Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a leading national health policy and advocacy organization with offices in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. In 2000, Ms. Guillermo was appointed by former President Bill Clinton to serve as an inaugural member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Until May of 2013, Ms. Guillermo also served as Board Chair for The California Endowment, and is currently Secretary of the Board for Dignity Health. She is also a board member of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Ms. Guillermo is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley and California State University, East Bay, with a B.A. in Economics. She is a graduate of the Gallup Leadership Institute and was a 1997 Fellow of the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute.


KATHY K. IM

Board Member
Kathy Im is Director of Media, Culture, and Special Initiatives of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is responsible for a domestic and international portfolio that includes the Foundation’s work in independent media, technology and its impact on users, and special initiatives. Prior to joining the Foundation, Kathy was a Fellow with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Previously, she worked at the Bank of America Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation, and the Field Foundation of Illinois. Kathy is a 2007 Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, a civic program for Chicago leaders. She is also a board member of Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy and a co-founder of the Asian Giving Circle. Kathy earned her bachelor’s degree in government from Smith College and her master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago, where she was a founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Policy Review.

 

BILL IMADA
Board Member
Bill Imada is the chairman and chief executive officer of IW Group, Inc. (formerly Imada Wong Communications Group), a Los Angeles-based marketing communications company specializing in the Asian-Pacific American markets in the U.S. Bill has more than 20 years of experience in marketing, public relations, advertising and human resource development, and has served as a consultant to more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies. Bill currently serves on the boards of several non-profit and professional organizations, including Advertising Educational Foundation, Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian Business Association, Center for Asian American Media, the LAGRANT Foundation, and several others. He also serves in an advisory role for groups such as Asian Professional Exchange, Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, Asian American Justice Center, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals. Bill has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and is a graduate of the Coro Foundation’s leadership training program in public affairs. He is a graduate of the AMBEP Program at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

 

PHILOMENA KING
Board Member
Philomena King is the Managing Director of King & Co. Works of Art, which specializes in fine Chinese works of art dating back from 6000 B.C to the Qing Dynasty. Being the fourth generation is this industry has enabled her to see and experience Chinese art in a new light. She also has helped other non-profits in San Francisco such as One Heart Worldwide, which prevent the high rate of maternal and newborn deaths during childbirth in China, Mexico and Tibet. She also is a Board Member of World Arts West, which holds the annual SF Ethnic Dance Festival. Seeing art displayed in so many art forms truly shows San Francisco is one of the best places to grow up and giving future generations this opportunity is extremely wonderful.

 

LLOYD LaCUESTA
Board Member
Lloyd LaCuesta worked for KTVU Channel 2 for 35 years (from August 1976 until his retirement in April 2012) and served as the South Bay Bureau Chief for several decades. Prior to KTVU, LaCuesta worked as a writer/editor for KNX/CBS Radio in Los Angeles and as a writer/producer for KABC-TV in Los Angeles and KGO-TV in San Francisco. LaCuesta has been honored with awards including six Emmys and a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Newscast Excellence in 2004. He also received the Asian American Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Society of Professional Journalists, NorCal Board of Directors Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. LaCuesta has been very active in bringing more minorities into the field of journalism. He was the first elected National President of the Asian American Journalists Association. He was also the first National President of Unity ’94. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the California Transplant Donor Network. Born in Honolulu, LaCuesta attended California State University-Los Angeles and San Jose State, where he earned a B.A. in Journalism and Political Science. He received an M.A. in Journalism from UCLA.

 

MATT MUI
Board Member
Matt Mui is Director of Technology & Strategy and Chief Architect at AT&T, and owns the “Art of What is Possible” strategy for global fortune 50 customers by shaping the clients technical vision and innovation strategy.  As a Diversity Champion, he led the cultural transformation for his organization by challenging others to rethink how to manage diversity in the workplace, in our local communities and achieving diversity through collaboration and innovation.  Matt serves as President on the Board of Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement (APCA) Northern California, a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the personal and professional lives of its members and communities through partnerships and alliances between corporations and nonprofit organizations to promote philanthropy.  He is an active community leader in the City of San Francisco, a supporter of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is an advocate for many non-profit organizations supporting Asian, LGBT, Youth, and Elderly social issues.  In 2012, he helped produced the short documentary “Inspire: Asian American Leaders and their Stories”. In recognition of his dedicated service to the community, President Obama awarded him the 2013 Presidential Service Volunteer Award (PSVA).  Matt graduated summa cum laude from Golden Gate University with a B.S. in Telecommunications and went on to earn his M.B.A in Telecommunications Management.

 

VINCENT PAN
Board Member
Vincent Pan is the Executive Director for Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), a community-based civil rights organization in San Francisco.  CAA is a progressive voice in and on behalf of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community that advocates for immigrant rights, language diversity, and racial justice.  Prior to joining CAA, Vincent worked with the William Clinton Foundation in Beijing to address HIV/AIDS issues, and before that he helped start and run an AmeriCorps youth program in Washington, D.C.  Vincent has a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and has been a fellow with the Center for Social Innovation at Stanford University, the Echoing Green Foundation, and the Stride Rite Foundation.

 


LEGAL

PETER FRANCK, ESQ.
Intellectual Property & Contract counsel to CAAM